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Every communications medium can be abused for unwanted messages, e.g. email is dominated by spam messages, and Peer-To-Peer (P2P) file sharing systems have high proportions of invalid files. At the same time, the interest in Online Social Networks (OSNs) has grown. OSNs attempt to reduce unwanted messages by restricting communication to approved individuals. OSNs require centralized management, and are too restrictive, disallowing any-to-any communication. This paper introduces a novel, anonymous, economical approach to providing any-to-any communication, utilizing an underlying social network in both distributed and centralized settings that reduces spam.
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